After 50 years since his last visit to Guayaquil, the Peruvianwriter Mario Vargas Llosa was in town yesterday to deliver the conference ‘Thefuture is thought today’, scheduled for 18:30 at the University UEES ofSamborondón.
Vargas Llosa, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2010, wasinvited by the Ecuadorian Institute of Political Economy and the Ecuador LibreFoundation, which presides over former presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso.
The latter accompanied him yesterday at a press conference in which Vargas Llosa spoke about Latin American politics.
Sensitive topics such as the Venezuelan situation and the future of Brazil after the election of the right-wing Jair Bolsonaro were some of the topics on which the author of The Call of the Tribe referred.
With respect to Ecuador, he said that it is “healthy” that President Lenin Moreno has marked distances from the government of Rafael Correa. “I’m glad that Moreno is moving away from the reforms that the Correa government did. It’s healthy, “said Vargas Llosa, who stressed the need for the Communication Law to be eliminated.
“I regret that President Moreno, who has done very positive things in relation to the previous Government, has not repealed that press law that is an embarrassment for Ecuador and a shame for any democratic country …”, he criticized.
On Venezuela, he said that he does not see possibilities of negotiation between the government and the opposition; and that the international community should press more decisively to force the government to call elections.
Meanwhile, about Brazil he said that Bolsonaro’s victory should not be interpreted as a drift towards fascism. “Now, if Bolsonaro applied all the things he says, of course, it would be necessary to demonstrate against him, that it would be again to go back to Brazil towards authoritarianism,” warned the writer, who later held a meeting with President Moreno in the Zonal Government. , in Guayaquil.
They discussed the freedom of the press and the changes to the Communication Law. “The President, has indicated to me that some revisions have been made that minimize the possibilities that there are arbitrary, abusive attitudes against press freedom,” said the Nobel Prize winner.
In the meeting were the Secretary of Communication, AndrésMichelena, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Eduardo Jurado, and othergovernment officials. (I)